Tips for Dealing with Seizures
Here are some tips to get you through managing an epileptic seizure in a student in your care:
1. Remain calm -- if you panic, this will often spread to your other students and you will find yourself not only managing a seizure, but also managing the emotional needs of a group of distressed students.
2. Think step-by-step -- take yourself mentally through what you know about the situation already (the student, their epilepsy needs, the action plan that would already be documented for the student in many cases).
3. Look for help -- in a school there will generally be other staff around who can help when needed. This might be bringing a blanket to cover a student who has wet themselves during a seizure (thus protecting their dignity and privacy needs) or calling an ambulance if the situation is beyond your skills or is required according to the situation. Out in public, there will usually be a crowd of people who gather at a medical situation such as a seizure - explain clearly what is happening and then choose someone who looks calm and reliable and give them clear instructions about what you need (keep other people out of the way, call for someone to help, ring an ambulance, move a piece of furniture away from the student so they are not injured).
4. Act -- remember there are some simple things to do to keep the student safe (move hard objects away, protect their airways etc) and make them comfortable after a seizure has passed; although you can't really do anything at all to stop the seizure while it is occurring.
5. Document -- after the seizure has been managed, remember to document what happened and what actions you took (note the time the seizure started and stopped, any problems or observations you think are important, and what you did during and after the seizure).